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the Artful Suite - boutique accommodation with handmade furnishings & art.

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Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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This Is A 740 Sq.ft., private one bedroom, self contained, level entry suite

We offer a private, comfortable, self contained one bedroom apartment for guests that appreciate fine surroundings. The Artful Suite is tastefully furnished with contemporary handcrafted furniture (designed & made on site), complemented by amazing Artwork of various mediums displayed & for sale, from fine local Vancouver Island Artists.

This ground level suite has parking just a few steps from the entrance door where there is a secluded partially covered patio area with surrounding flower gardens.

Take a 5 min stroll to Pipers Lagoon oceanside park to enjoy an enjoy the beach,take a hike & enjoy the views across the Salish Sea, to the snow capped mountains. You won't be disappointed!

So, if you're wanting a truly 'Out of the Ordinary' experience in accommodation this Artful Suite has it all for you. Ideally located in popular north Nanaimo, approx. 10 min drive from the Departure Bay Ferry terminal, this location is conveniently nestled amongst some of the best oceanside and landlocked parks in the area. With the wide variety of outdoor activities available at your doorstep, we can offer recommendations for arranging for kayaking, diving, hiking or bike hires. Our desirable location offers easy access to any part of Nanaimo or as a home base to explore the wonders of Vancouver Island.

While staying here, take the time to visit the working Studio at the back of the property to see what furniture or artwork is being made or designed, browse in the gift gallery. A warm welcome awaits all that stop in.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Norma or Robert Waddell
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
November 30, 2016
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About Norma or Robert Waddell

We have been living in Nanaimo for the past 7 yrs and love all the Island has to offer. We especially enjoy the wonderful moderate climate, and the wide variety of healthy outdoor activities available at our doorstep.

Having travelled extensively in Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, we’ve always enjoyed the value and flexibility of staying in self contained suites. Our enjoyable travelling experiences set us on this path to offer this distinct, one of a kind accommodation.

Norma is a retired Operating room Registered Nurse. Robert has been a fine furniture designer & maker for nearly 40 years. His working studio & gallery is on the property so he is always available for visits from our guests. He was instrumental in organizing the popular Hammond Bay Open Studio Tour, featuring fabulous local artists working in various mediums. A number of these talented artists exhibit in the Artful Suite, which lends to the richness of the decor.

So our intent was not only to offer a unique, comfortable surroundings for travellers but also a venue for local artists to showcase their work.

Norma or Robert Waddell purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Norma or Robert Waddell chose Nanaimo

Norma has family that have resided in Nanaimo for years. We had been coming to Vancouver Island to visit for many years, and loved what the island had to offer. An unexpected opportunity arose that allowed us to move here 7 yrs ago. We have never looked back and and enjoyed every moment here.

What makes this apartment unique

This is a mature property 1/3 acre in size, offering a lot of privacy to the home and suite that occupy it. We enjoy the location ,which is nestled amongst some of the very best seaside and land locked parks this area has to offer. We truly enjoy regular casual strolls to Piper Lagoon park to enjoy the smell of salt air, the pounding of the waves and screeches of the eagles over head.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

the Artful Suite - boutique accommodation with handmade furnishings & art.
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews

It exceed our expectations and we would highly recommend it.

  • 5 of 5

The suite is even better than advertised. Norma has thought of every thing including comfortable bath robes and slippers, there was even some rain gear though we didn't need it. It is in a great location, an easy drive to amenities and lots of beach and water activities. Norma recommended the Mahle restaurant for our anniversary dinner. It was a bit of a drive but was definitely worth it as it was excellent. We would definitely stay here again and will recommend it to friends. Sandy and Bruce, Edmonton, AB

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. We are so happy that you chose to celebrate your Anniversary here! We appreciate how courteous and respectful our guests are when they stay and you got top marks on how tidy you left it! It was a real pleasure to meet you both and do come back- we'd love to have you stay again!
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Nice Two Nights Vavation Stay

  • 5 of 5

The downstairs apartment is cozy with a lot of details. The mouse hole art work at the corner of the wall is very impressive. We really enjoy the garden outside the entrance. Internet wireless signal is excellent. My iPhone has very weak reception due to antenna issue. But I was getting very high data transfer rate. A walk to the nearby beach is relaxing. The owners are a delight to deal with. Overall, we highly recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Wing and Vivian, Thank you so much for your kind review. Always enjoy our American neighbours coming to explore Vancouver Island. So glad you enjoyed the impressive Parksville Sand Castle competition as well as the local beaches. Hope you can come back some time again! Norma & Robert
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A gem, ideally located and private.

  • 4 of 5

This was our first stay other than at a hotel, and we lucked-out by spending two weeks at Nanaimo's Artful Suite. We felt pampered being surrounded with original artworks, and greatly enjoyed watching the hummingbirds. A private and comfortable home away from home.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your stay here. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit!
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  • 5 of 5

My wife and I could not have asked for a more wonderful place to spend a week. Comfort, personal touches and the décor were platinum grade. We did not want for anything, our hostess was attentive without being intrusive and provided great information in the form of brochures and maps of the island. We have already recommended Artful Suite to friends.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review and feedback. I'm so happy you were comfortable and enjoyed Nanaimo and area. Loved hearing about your ventures and hope to meet you again in the future.
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  • 5 of 5

The owners gave us a warm welcome and had many little touches to make us feel welcome with goodies and a nice bottle of wine waiting for us. It is a quiet home in a great location. We felt very comfortable and had great sleeps in the firm bed. It was a very clean suite with beautiful artwork and handmade furniture making this a very special place to stay, felt like an art gallery. Lovely! We would definitely stay again and recommend this to our friends.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Artful Suite

  • 5 of 5

Accommodation had everything we needed. I am an early riser so could go for a morning stroll and watch tides change, seals, sea lions, ships, waves roll in, sun come up etc. while my wife enjoyed the artistic ambiance.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to hear how you enjoyed our Suite & the seaside morning walks! A great get away from the prairie winter with an early Spring here! We would welcome your return on another Island visit to see family! Cheers, Norma & Robert
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Nearest Airport
23 Kilometres
Nanaimo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Pipers Pub & restaurant
Nearest Ferry
6.6 Kilometres
Departure Bay
Nearest Golf
5.6 Kilometres
Nanaimo Golf & Country Club
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Island Highway
Nearest Restaurant
4.7 Kilometres
Brooks Landing Mall Restaurants
Nearest Ski
129 Kilometres
Mount Washington
Nearest Beach
0.25 Kilometres
Piper Lagoon Park
Car: necessary

This warm and inviting vacation rental is located in the popular north Nanaimo area. It's with in a 5 min. walk to one of the most beautiful ocean front parks Nanaimo has to offer Pipers Lagoon. With its scenic views across the Salish Sea to the snow capped mountains of the North Shore, Piper Lagoon is a favourite spot for out door activities. Recommendations are available should you want to arrange for kayaking, diving, or bike hires. Also with in a km is Neck Point park which is reputed to be one of the best underwater diving locations and some great birding (eagles and owls). With in a .5 km is Linley Valley park a very large and popular urban park, that offers very scenic views. Take a 13 minute (9 Km) drive to a beautiful harbour walk, and you'll quickly see why Nanamio is known as the Harbour city.

Only a 10 minute drive from Departure Bay Ferries, this location is well situated for exploring Nanaimo and the wonders of Vancouver Island.

Rates & Availability

Stephenson Point Apartment Rental Rates

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Off season
Oct 15 2016 - Apr 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

House keeping fee $23

CANCELLATION: Email or phone with seven (7) days notice for full refund (minus a $25.00 admin fee) is required. Other wise your deposit will be non refundable.

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Stephenson Point Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 740 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • A comfortable sized bathroom with a combination large tub/shower unit. Single sink and a semi private w/c.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • A one bedroom unit. A generous sized bedroom with the Queen sized bed is adorned with a magnificent Headboard from West Coast Maple custom made & designed by Robert.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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